New Sweet peas and a new year

Sweet Pea for Royal Hospital Chelsea

I haven’t dropped off the edge of the earth but a combination of winter doldrums and lots of other things to do has meant that I just haven’t had a lot to say in the past two weeks. Although there have been lots of things flowering that shouldn’t, the constant rain made it really tricky to take decent photos and I think we all know it has been raining a lot.

So my apologies for no macro Mondays. I will get in the swing of them again but I am going to profile a few palms for a while. I know this is random but here in north west Europe a bit of something exotic is what I want right now and, although I have limited experience with them, I have a fascination for palms. But first some newsy items. I apologise that these are a bit UK-centric.

Above is a photo of a new mix of sweet peas being launched by Mr Fothergill’s seeds. I quote;

“Mr Fothergill’s is looking for a name for a new mixture of sweet peas it is launching to raise funds for the Royal Hospital Chelsea… The blend of varieties in various shades of red will be launched for the 2016/17 season, with the Royal Hospital receiving 25p for every packet of 20 seeds priced at £1.99 the Suffolk seedsman sells.

Staff at Mr Fothergill’s (chose the names) ‘Lest We Forget’, ‘Remembrance’ and ‘Scarlet Tunic’. The company is now asking members of the public and the Chelsea Pensioners themselves to vote for one of these three names.

To cast a vote online, visit Mr Fothergill’s on Facebook or Twitter and comment on its posts to state a preference  The closing date is Monday, 29 February 2016.  The winning name will be announced by 15 March 2016.

Since 2014 Mr Fothergill’s has donated 25p for every packet of seed it sells of poppy Victoria Cross. To date the Royal Hospital has received more than £39,000 from the promotion.”


I think I like ‘Scarlet Tunic’ best.



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9 Comments on “New Sweet peas and a new year”

  1. derrickjknight
    January 12, 2016 at 7:53 am #

    Welcome back, Geoff

  2. joy
    January 12, 2016 at 11:55 am #

    lovely sweetpeas thoughts of seed growing .smiley picture

  3. sueturner31
    January 12, 2016 at 1:58 pm #

    Good name…

  4. digwithdorris
    January 12, 2016 at 11:03 pm #

    Welcome back

  5. thelonggardenpath
    January 13, 2016 at 7:56 am #

    My choice too! Welcome back! The weather has got to me, too!

    • thebikinggardener
      January 13, 2016 at 9:18 am #

      Sorry the weather has affected you too 😦 I think I am getting more severe SAD as i get older!

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